Shu is like stepping into some sort of art exhibit, getting lost among the pieces, deciding that you need to sit down somewhere, and realizing they also serve food. It really is a storm of ideas. Amalgamated designs, deco, eclectic, metallic, wooden, neon, and anything else that somehow seems to turn this space into something much like the food itself. Experimental, fascinating, and deliciously risky.
Shu Restaurant serves a range of innovative and remarkably well thought out Sichuan dishes. The vegan restaurant is a kind of experience, not satisfied with regular dining, it goes above all that. Testing one palate while maintaining a sort of fusion of traditional flavours and new modern techniques. Vegan oysters that seem to collaborate with each ingredient and melt in your mouth. The enchanted forest with freshness in every bite.
There’s even a sort of green icecream looking thing which is in fact a sticky rice ball cooked with the broth from grilled Asian mushrooms. It’s delicious, trust us.
The setting is, indeed, remarkable. Never a dull moment as you scratch your head and look around, marvelling at the ideas and the concepts that hang above your head or adorn the walls and the plants.
There is something to be said about the creators of this place. The atmosphere Shu gives off is one of openness and honesty, accepting both traditions and innovations. The staff are sincere and helpful, the ambience, although yes, an art exhibit with food, isn’t pretentious in any way but merely just there. A way to showcase its food, framing its creativeness.
We recommend Shu Restaurant.
147 Johnston St, Collingwood VIC 3066
(03) 9090 7878
Thursday – Saturday: 6 pm – 10:30 pm
Tuesday – Wednesday: 6 pm – 9:30 pm